In 100 days, Pune MP has more misses than hits

Shirole has failed to deliver on any of his promises, blames state govt for blocking proposals

Written by Nisha Nambiar , Ajay Khape | Pune | Updated: September 5, 2014 4:40 am
Pune MP Anil Shirole Pune MP Anil Shirole

As the BJP-led NDA government highlights its achievements in the first 100 days of being in power, and releases report cards of various ministers and their feats, a look at Pune MP Anil Shirole’s record in the same period makes for a dismal show. The BJP leader seems to have failed to make a breakthrough in resolving any of the issues that he had promised to tackle after getting elected from Pune. Shirole, however, defends his performance by blaming the state government for thwarting all his attempts at reform.

In his election campaign, Shirole had pledged to “clean up the system” and make it “corruption-free”, resolve the traffic problem, stop river pollution, improve sewage system and public toilets, work towards checking the air pollution and protect the hills. According to the Lok Sabha website, the Pune MP neither raised any query related to these issues, nor did he participate in any discussion in Parliament.

In fact, on two occasions, he had to defend the Union government’s decisions related to development projects in Pune. One was the Union government’s decision to not fund development projects approved by the UPA government under JNNURM, for which money was yet to be released, and the other involved water treatment plants at Parvati with the NCP-Congress combine raking the issue.

The biggest embarrassment, however, came to him probably when Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone for the Metro rail project in Nagpur after clearing it in the cabinet, even as Pune has been awaiting this for many years now. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan alleged discrimination between the two cities, while Union minister Nitin Gadkari claimed credit for getting the Nagpur Metro approved by virtue of constant follow-up and blamed the state government for the delay in Centre’s clearance to the Pune Metro project.

Civic activist Vivek Velankar said the last 100 days gave no reason to the city to cheer about. “We are not even sure whether the JNNURM funds will come in as nothing has been discussed on that front,” he said, adding that the issues pertaining to an efficient public transport system too seemed to be in a nascent stage and the proposed Metro project too had not taken off.

Activist Vijay Kumbhar said: “The main issues pertaining to environment has not been taken up. BRTS, Metro and the overall traffic system too seem to be in the same condition. There is no noise about any new initiative or funding from the Centre that the new MP has brought for the city.”

State Youth Congress chief Vishwajit Kadam, who lost to Shirole in the Lok Sabha election, said the MP had failed to push the city projects with the Union government.

Shirole, however, said: “I had started taking up the city issues with the offices concerned. However, the state government that needs to respond to the issues is not taking them seriously and this is hampering the growth of the city. I did take up the issue of funding for new facility at Parvati Water Works and have been able to get a positive response from the government. Similarly, the communication with the urban development ministry on Metro revealed the reasons for delay in getting approval to the project, which is tardy response from the state government.”

He added: “I have also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about including Pune in the list of 100 smart cities planned in the country.”

Shirole said he had also taken up the issue of overbridges at Ghorpadi and Lullanagar that were awaiting approval from various Union government departments.

He said the efforts to push for development of the city would gain momentum after a new government was formed in the state. “I am hopeful that the Shiv Sena-BJP will come to power in the state and the city issues would be resolved at a faster pace,” said the MP.

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    Amin
    Sep 5, 2014 at 3:39 pm
    Political Gimmick. It is very easiest and most common statement to blame anything on others.When report card is declared, if you do not score marks blame teachers or others that they did not taught the subject and printed question from same lessonmon Mr. Shirole, you are not new to politics, before making big promises during election campaigns you should have known about all the facts and details, what falls under your jurisdiction as MP and what not. If these things are related to State Governments than why promises. If not then why blame others for your failure.
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    Arjun
    Sep 5, 2014 at 7:32 pm
    By the way people didn't vote him they voted for Narendra Modiji.
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    chandu
    Sep 9, 2014 at 1:32 am
    This MP can not talk in front of five people.. What you can expect from him.. Now enjoy Punekar for this Nonsense MP.
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    sunil
    Sep 5, 2014 at 6:32 pm
    Yes, Our MP has won only because of Mody wave. After his win we never had seen him any where in Pune or i Parliament on the issue of Pune. I doubt what is going to happen on Pune issues. If his behavior remains same ,Not only It is difficult to BJP to retain seat in next election but also to loose coming embly election
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    hadapsar
    Sep 18, 2014 at 9:10 am
    Pune MP was replying quick on twitter at election time, now you ask question or give suggestion he will not even reply back...just because of modi wave so many MP won...
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    Sachin
    Sep 5, 2014 at 7:40 am
    Thanks for raising this matter. The Pune MP is hardly seen in the news or even making efforts to improve the city which is getting worse in terms of transport, garbage and roads every day. Also, does he mean that in the event BJP / Sena does not win in the state, he will not be able to do anything for the city? Sad indeed
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    sreeni
    Sep 6, 2014 at 4:52 am
    He Just won on Modi wave. Most people who voted for him did not even know his name, that includes me. Modiji said, every vote for BJP is a vote for him. Now Modiji has to answer for the pathetic condition of the roads and power situation here. otherwise next time Modiji will not be able to ask for the votes again.
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